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Tough week for Rebels

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Owen County boys drop pair of road games before holidays

By Brian Blair

It was not the kind of week the Owen County Rebels had in mind.

The week opened with the game at Gallatin County being snowed out followed by a pair of road games.

The Rebels traveled to Henry County Thursday and then headed to Bourbon County to take part in the Kentucky Bank Shootout. In both cases, the Rebels lost.

Thursday night’s game at New Castle came down to the final seconds. The Rebels had a one-point lead with 16 seconds to play but Henry County had one more possession.

The Wildcats worked the ball around and found Justin Tillett, who buried a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to give Henry County the lead and the eventual win.

“That’s the biggest shot I have ever hit,”  Tillett said. “It’s the greatest feeling.”

Tillett said the Rebels had pressured him all-night long and he was happy to have an open look at the end.

Despite the win, he still gave credit to the Rebels.

“Owen County is the team to beat in the district,” Tillett said.

The Rebels were led in scoring by Collin Gamble. The senior had 15 points to go along with four rebounds and two steals. Drew Marston tossed in 14 points while Jordan Shelton contributed with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

It was the Rebels’ second-straight district loss.

Owen County hit the road for Bourbon County Saturday to take part in the Kentucky Bank Shootout.

The Rebels squared off against Letcher County Central.

The Cougars entered the contest with a 3-1 record. They returned to Whitesburg with another win as they defeated Owen County 67-57.

The Cougars jumped out to a 20-11 lead at the end of one quarter. The Rebels bounced back in the second outscoring their opponent 19-14 to trim the deficit to 34-30 at intermission.

Owen County had three players hit double figures in the game. Gamble led all scorers with 23 points. Marston pitched in 14 points while Shelton scored 13.

All three helped keep things close heading into the final quarter.

The Cougars however proved to be too much in the fourth and pulled away for the 10-point win.

 Letcher County Central was led in scoring by Devin Blair, who scored 19 points. As a team the Cougars connected on nine of their 14 three-point attempts.

Blake Traylor had three points while Sawyer Williams had two points in the loss.

The loss dropped the Rebels to 2-4 on the season.

The Rebels will return to action Sunday as they play in the Coca-Cola/Campbellsville University Classic. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 3:45 p.m.

Other teams taking part in the event will be Campbellsville, Carroll County, Mayfield and  Morgan County.

The Australian National Team will also be in action in the tournament.